Federal Gun Offense Violations Attorneys
Defending the rights of individuals accused of violating federal gun laws
Federal criminal law related to the possession, transportation, use, sale, and distribution of firearms is a complicated area of law that can subject you to a number of serious criminal penalties. In addition, the use or possession of firearms during the commission of other offenses can significantly enhance the penalties that you, as a criminal defendant, may face. Consequently, it is critical for you to retain an experienced federal criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you are accused of a gun-related federal offense.
In many cases, rapid and skilled representation by an experienced lawyer can help you obtain a positive resolution to your federal gun-related case. To schedule a free consultation with Connecticut federal criminal defense attorneys Felice Duffy or Paul Thomas, call our office today at 203-946-2000.
Federal gun laws criminalize a variety of firearm-related conduct
There are many ways that a person may violate federal gun laws. Some of the more common are detailed below:
- Illegal possession – Federal law 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) prohibits certain classes of people from transporting or possessing firearms in certain circumstances. People who are generally banned from possessing firearms by federal law include convicted felons, fugitives, illegal aliens, people who have been dishonorably discharged from the military, and unlawful users of controlled substances, among others.
- Trafficking – Trafficking firearms involves converting lawfully-owned firearms into unlawfully-owned firearms through purchase and sale. Trafficking may take the form of an unlawful straw purchase of firearms from stores or gun shows, purchasing secondhand firearms from lawful sellers and selling them unlawfully, or dealing in stolen firearms, and other types of conduct.
- Manufacture – Federal law prohibits you from manufacturing firearms for commercial use without a license.
- Armed Career Criminal Act – The Armed Criminal Career Act of 1984 is a federal law that enhances the penalties associated with a felon who commits a crime with a firearm if he or she was convicted of specific offenses three or more times. A person who qualifies as an Armed Career Criminal faces a mandatory minimum sentence of fifteen years in prison.
Using or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence or drug trafficking – Federal law 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) provides mandatory minimum prison terms if you are accused of using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to any crime of violence or drug trafficking crime in addition and consecutive to the prison term for the underlying crime.
Contact a federal gun violation lawyer today to schedule a free case evaluation today
If you have been accused of violating any federal law relating to firearms, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The potential consequences of a conviction can affect nearly every aspect of your life for years or even decades. Fortunately, in many instances, the representation of an experienced attorney can have a significant impact on the way your case is resolved and may even result in it being dropped or dismissed.
Connecticut attorney Felice Duffy is a former federal prosecutor and attorney Paul Thomas is a former federal defender. They blend their experience to bring a unique 360-degree approach to the criminal defense of every one of their clients. To see if Duffy Law is the right team for you, call 203-946-2000 today to schedule a free consultation.